Friday, August 26, 2016

Book Review: Infinite in Between

Title: Infinite in Between
Genre: YA/teen fiction
Rating: 4.25
Reviewer: Em

This book was really good. It's about 5 teenagers and their journey throughout high school. They all meet at freshmen orientation. There, they are all placed into the same group, and their group decides to write letters to their future selves. They then make plans to meet at graduation. This book is over their four years of high school.

This book covers a lot of different relationships. Whether between the teens and their friends, classmates, family, or so on, you get to see how a relationship can change over time. You see characters changing into different people, and friends and families falling apart. This book really shows you how much things can change in four years.

A major message in this book is discovering who you are and being yourself. By the end of the book, each character seems to be with who they were meant to be with, and they seem much more them selves. They also seem happier. While one of them struggles with their appearance, and another hangs out with the wrong people, by the end of the story, they have much more clarity of who they are and who they want to be.

In the end of the book, all the characters had memories with each other that none of them would have dreamt of having when they first met. I felt myself rooting for multiple endings, in which some of became a reality. Everyone, in the end, was connected somehow. Even if they had stronger connections with different people, they group of five seemed to form its own little family. It was really interesting to read along with the characters fun, happiness, and sorrow.

This book also went over topics such as allergies, alcoholism, loss, success, talent, sexual abuse, and racial and sexual identity. It was important to look over these topics because they are very true-to-life, and for all you know, these could become important topics in your life one day.

If you are thinking of trying this book, read it! It was a story I loved to devour, and it is a book worth your attention. The characters were very realistic, and you fell in love with them. I chose this book out of a twenty book long TBR list and I'm happy I did!

Monday, August 22, 2016

5 Things You Should Know Before Starting a Blog

Hello, everyone! As you may or may not have known, this blog has been going on for almost six months now! I have actually been blogging for longer, as I had another blog with Em before we started this one. So, yeah: I guess you could say that I have a good deal of knowledge on blogging.

Blogging is definitely fun and I would recommend it to anyone who was interested in starting a blog, but there are a few things that I think you should know before jumping into the blogging world.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Movie Adaptations: Beautiful Creatures

Good morning, everyone! Today I have something different; something at least I have never done before. Today I am going to share my thoughts on the movie adaptation of the book Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Both were good, but, of course, I liked the book better. That is partially because there were some large changes in the movie that I was not fond of.

To start, I should mention that I saw the movie first. I had no idea Beautiful Creatures was a book when I saw it. I watched it several times, liked it, and decided that I wanted to read the book. I mean, if I liked the movie, why not try the book?

[Major spoilers in this post, if you haven't figured it out yet.]

Monday, August 15, 2016

Julia's Bookshelf Tour: August 2016; Part 2

This past Friday, I shared with you the top shelf of my little bookshelf and gave you some information on the books pictured. But that was only my top shelf. Now I am going to show you the rest of my bookcase.

For now, my bottom shelf is where I keep a lot of my series together. As you can probably see, every book in my bottom shelf, save one on the bottom of my Nancy Drew stack, is a part of a series or group of companion novels.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Julia's Bookshelf Tour: August 2016; Part 1

Hello! In the book-loving community, I have noticed a lot of videos of bookshelf tours uploaded to YouTube or posted on social media accounts. Now, while this is not a video, it is still a bookshelf tour! I thought I might as well do this so that I can share with you my shelves and some of my favorite books!

Unlike some people where they have several huge bookcases, I have one bookcase with two shelves. In this post, I will be sharing with you my top shelf, which contains my most liked books that I own. Also, a good number of the books mentioned have a book review up on the blog, so I created links to these posts when you click on them. With that all said, let's get started!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Bullet Journal Update: One Month

About a month ago, back in July, I had published a post on how to create a bullet journal. I went through the basics of a bullet journal and briefly covered the uses for a bullet journal. (If you haven't read that post yet, click here.) That post was also partially on my own bullet journal, and how I was choosing to set it up.

That was July, and now August is here. So, how did I do with my first month of bullet journaling? Read on to find out, and to see my bullet journal plans for this month.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Dark Fantasy; possibly horror fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5
Reviewer: Julia

I hesitated to read this book for a long time. I would see it in the bookstore and consider getting it, but something always held me back. Sometimes I was worried that it was too "scary", and would end up being some sort of horror story. Other times I was worried that it would be too much action for me. Luckily, I was convinced to get it because 1) I had waited long enough, and 2) everyone was so excited for the movie on bookstagram that I figured it must be good.

And it is. It was wonderful. I really did enjoy it.

The story is told from Jacob Portman's point of view. As the book opens, a family incident (won't spoil it so that it is more interesting for you) leads Jacob to travel to a little known island. There he digs into the past at the ruins of Miss Peregrine's home for children, searching for little bits and pieces. But what he doesn't expect is for them to appear, and for them to drag him along in quite the adventure.